Ask VSO: How volunteering abroad can kick-start your development career

By Rolf Rosenkranz 12 March 2012

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How do you transition into aid work, or gain new skills that will make you a more valuable choice for development recruiters? One answer: Volunteer.

But how do recruiters truly look at volunteer experience — does it count, and if so, how can you showcase it best in your job application?

These are valid questions whether you’re an entry-level or a more seasoned professional. Fact is that volunteering can help you further your career in global development. But often, it’s hard to determine what the right volunteer opportunity for you may be.

To tackle some of these issues, Devex invited three industry experts from VSO to speak at a career webinar entitled “Ask VSO: How volunteering abroad can kickstart your development career.” VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

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Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.

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